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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
A return cruise to the baltic. Sites we missed in St Petersburg first time around were not to be missed. We were going to travel independently in St Petersburg. We travelled Aqua class as we have now become addicted to Blu restaurant. Okay ... Read More
A return cruise to the baltic. Sites we missed in St Petersburg first time around were not to be missed. We were going to travel independently in St Petersburg. We travelled Aqua class as we have now become addicted to Blu restaurant. Okay - from the beginning. Embarkation was a doddle. Stayed at nearby hotel and taxi to dock. Cases taken by porter and that was it. Into hall and whisked through boarding. No queues at allCabin was great. Different set up to Eclipse and Reflection and we think better. . Straight onto ship before 11 and after a short wait on deck 14 Oceanview cafe was open for early boarders. ( it takes time for people to realise this early service is available) Rooms ready as always at one. I bring a long extension cable to have a powerpoint at the bedside and tape to make it foot safe. Do not like the flavoured tea that celebrity provides so swapped it for daily iced water. Still do not really like the afternoon canapes either! The food during the 14 days was brilliant in Blu and so never really ate elsewhere for evenings but lunch in oceanview cafe was varied. Sometimes dire sometimes great. But always crowded especially on sea days.Strangely the choice of fresh fruit was the poorest I have known. The Ensemble bar for cocktails and the cafe al baccio were two of our favorite watering holes and its nice how quickly the staff learn your names and tipple. Entertainment was good and I think that must be because Sue Denning the female cruise director was head and shoulders above any other cruise director we have encountered. Her energy is infectious. Cruise directors have a habit of disappearing but not her - she was everywhere. Well done Sue The evening entertainment was good - not always great - but still enjoyable. On a sour note the casino was terrible the slots gave me a real beating. Still a great cruise made by the crew. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We loved Amsterdam on a city break visit year so decided on a short cruise. We loved the skill steering through the lock and the scenery on the river up to Amsterdam. We upgraded to Concierge Class and the speedy check in was good, we ... Read More
We loved Amsterdam on a city break visit year so decided on a short cruise. We loved the skill steering through the lock and the scenery on the river up to Amsterdam. We upgraded to Concierge Class and the speedy check in was good, we had lunch in the main restaurant on the first day for concierge passengers, this was slow in terms of food and drinks service. We were happy with our stateroom, it was clean and tidy, the only complaint I have is that it was hard to get toiletries, they weren’t replaced without asking. A Celebrity cut back I think. We paid nearly five hundred dollars for two drinks packages for three nights, which is an outrageous price, on top of an expensive cruise, especially when you can’t get served. The bar service was atrocious throughout the cruise. Celebrity knew that there would be parties of people on a cruise to a destination like Amsterdam, so should have provided the service. The bars were understaffed, the table waiters were non existent and poorly trained. We waited over half an hour on more than one occasion for two drinks. I asked twice in the casino for drinks service, that never came. Because of the pressure Celebrity put their staff under they were unsmiling verging on grumpy. Celebrity Eclipse has previously given us great bar service. I did make a written complaint at guest services, but one wonders if it is just filed away. Along with other reviews people in the jacuzzis were shouting, ruining the cruise. for other passengers and more importantly guests were drinking out of glasses and bottles whilst in the jacuzzi making it a likely for somebody to sustain a bad cut. The attendants did nothing. The Grand Cuvee restaurant provided very good service both in terms of food and drink. It was a nice touch that we were seated on the same station each night.I also noticed that menus have been reduced from what we have been given on other Celebrity ships. We were lucky to have the Internet included as the prices charged are ridiculous. We will most likely be travelling with Fred Olsen or Princess on future occasions. Other people we talked too shared our opinions and will also cruise with other Cruise lines. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Over the years we have been on quite a few cruises. We have done the following as far as I recall. (Royal Caribbean) Vision of the seas, Jewel of the seas. Independence of the seas. Adventure of the seas. (Princess cruises) Grand ... Read More
Over the years we have been on quite a few cruises. We have done the following as far as I recall. (Royal Caribbean) Vision of the seas, Jewel of the seas. Independence of the seas. Adventure of the seas. (Princess cruises) Grand Princess. (P&O) Britannia 4 times, Azura. (Cunard) Queen Elizabeth 2 times. This time we thought we would try Celebrity Silhouette to see what it was like. A 3 night cruise to Amsterdam. How did it compare to the other ships we have been on? First of all the negative points. The cost of drinks are very expensive! The most expensive I have encountered on all the cruises I have been on! For example a small bottle of Corona Beer 330ml $8.50 and small bottle of cider same size $10.00 that's £13.69 at exchange rate of $1.26 cents to £1.00. In Tesco a few weeks ago 12 bottles of Corona beers same size was £8.00 that's $10.08 just 83 pence a bottle and they are still making a profit! The price in a pub for one bottle is £3.50 or $4.37. Wine in the dining room wine was sold by the glass and was around $10 to $11 but there was no mention of how much the glass contained ? 175ml ? 200ml ? Very strange. So you don't know how much you get for your money? But say you get 4 glasses of wine from one bottle it works out minimum $40 a bottle. Drinking seemed to a big part of the cruise for most guests and I can only imagine that they had a drinks package, which is not cheap, and they were trying to get their money's worth out of it.? The main dining room. It was ok but lacked the grandeur of other ships that we have been on and the dining chairs are not dining chairs in my opinion! The food again was ok but could do better! The self service restaurant on deck 14 pretty much the same as other ships. Food that should be hot is not hot enough! On this ship the British style bacon served at breakfast was pretty dire! Not sure how it was cooked but it was pale and no taste to speak of. However the coffee was pretty good and about the best I have tried on ships! This seemed to be a very noisy ship! It maybe because it was a 3 night cruise over a bank holiday weekend very noisy guests having a good time! A few hen parties and even a wedding party! So pretty hard to find a quiet area to sit unless you sat in the library ! I don't think it is a good idea to allow a large party of people to book a cruise. It is not fair on the other guests. If you like a quieter ship the Queen Elizabeth would be a 10 out of 10 and Celebrity 2 out of 10 . Britannia would be around a 6 out of 10. Entertainment in the main theatre was very good 9/10. We had inside cabin deck 7 and it was a good size! Good size bathroom as well. We got the feeling that this ship was very much for American guests and not for the British. Celebrity say that our safety is their top priority but I would say squeezing as much money out of their guests comes a very close second place. Constant bombardment to buy drinks from the bar, buy special dining packages etc. and what a waste of space the Casino and slot machines take up! So would I book with Celebrity again? May be? It's hard to judge over 3 nights. But I think the ship is better suited for the younger guest. I also think Celebrity think they are better than they actually are! If you want grandeur and opulence go for Cunard! Something in the middle of that, go for P&O ! My score for this ship 6/10. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because we had been on this ship before and wanted to visit the Norwegian Fjords. Overall we were pleased with the cruise and the destination didn't disappoint. The areas of disappointment for us were the quality ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been on this ship before and wanted to visit the Norwegian Fjords. Overall we were pleased with the cruise and the destination didn't disappoint. The areas of disappointment for us were the quality and choice of food in the restaurant. After just a couple of days it became apparent that the menu doesn't really change that much, particularly the starters and sweets. Boring would be the only word to describe them. If this was a restaurant in my local town, I would not be visiting it! If we're to travel on this ship again, we would consider eating in the café where the choice of food on offer is far better, particularly the sweets. The other area of disappointment was the entertainment, specifically the shows put on by the ships own staff. This is not a criticism of their skills, which were very good but more the fact that the shows were the same or very similar to those we had seen on a cruise on this ship approximately 9 months earlier. Celebrity should also review their presentation of the emergency drill given on the first day. The cartoon/film is both puerile and childish. You could visibly watch people being turned off and not paying attention, and you certainly don't want to watch this in "Michael's Bar" which was overcrowded with far too many people in a small area. This resulted in people overheating and wanting to leave the presentation early. This was the same on the previous cruise on this ship. Its clear that Celebrity take no notice off feedback, as this same criticism was made to the ships crew last year. It's a shame to bring up these criticisms, as overall its a lovely ship with a good crew. Are you listening Celebrity? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Overall I thought this was the greatest cruise. The staff and crew were great, the cruise director was great, Sue Denning was outstanding.We were on SS Ocean Breeze, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian. This ship was the best. The food ... Read More
Overall I thought this was the greatest cruise. The staff and crew were great, the cruise director was great, Sue Denning was outstanding.We were on SS Ocean Breeze, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian. This ship was the best. The food was good, and the waiters were great. The shore excursions that we picked were great, but as soon as you get aboard head to the Shore Excursions Desk, shore excursions get filled up quickly. Norwegian Fjords were beautiful, we loved Gerirangerfjord, Norway. This was Norway. Stavanger, Norway was great too. Great history. We had lunch at Burger King. We were looking for McDonald's, but could it find it. All the ports were all interesting and great to visit. What I liked we were not forced to buy stuff, the ports were nice to walk around. This place is not the Caribbean. Great place to tour. I thought the ship was great and fun to explore. We used the card room, the library, the hideaway. The theater shows were great. I would do a Celebrity Ship again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also ... Read More
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also thrilled to visit, pet, and feed sting rays in Grand Cayman again! She's a lovely ship with a devoted crew. She's clean as a whistle and the crew is friendly and provides excellent service. The food has somewhat degraded over the years but still very good in "Blu". Ship shows some signs of wear but due for refurb in 2020. The main theatre is worst with sagging chairs and threadbare carpeting. Hanging overhead window gaskets in aquaspa pool tacky. Most of the ship is meticulously maintained however. Sorry the cabanas have taken over the pool area too. Overall I'd give the Silhouette 4 out of 5 stars and will enjoy sailing again after the refurb. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Love this 9 night cruise !! We booked this cruise through BJ’s because of the extra OBC and the Celebrity perks given on Black Friday-November 24, 2018. We traveled with 2 adult relatives who also booked this deal and they picked the ... Read More
Love this 9 night cruise !! We booked this cruise through BJ’s because of the extra OBC and the Celebrity perks given on Black Friday-November 24, 2018. We traveled with 2 adult relatives who also booked this deal and they picked the room right next to ours on deck 9. First time in Concierge Class. Very happy with our balcony cabin. Sancho brought us “delectable delights” every afternoon that were quite enjoyable. Grand Curvee Dining Room - EXCELLENT FOOD AND EXCELLENT SELECTION. This is the best MDR food of all cruises we have taken. We had dessert every night too. Waiter Igusti Wiganata was excellent and we loved every dinner he recommended. Asst. Waiter Bibek was very helpful. The selection of wines was excellent thanks to Dusko. We did not eat at any specialty restaurant this cruise. Cafe al Bacio had excellent fresh baked goods every day including their cookies. We attended all the 9pm shows in the Silhouette Theatre. Most very good especially Uptown, Miguel Washington and Ashlie Amber. Cosmopolitan show was terrible-tried to take pop songs and add an international flair. 4 ports were all fun. We had been to 3 of them previously so we tried different excursions and they were good. Weather was sunny and warm every day. Played 2 trivia games in the Sky Lounge every day...wish the bar at that location was open during trivia though. Capt. Peppas made daily announcements every morning at 10am. I like to hear them. We would love to travel on this ship again !! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was the second half of our first back to back. We love to sail, snorkel and swim in the Caribbean waters, so this cruise was perfect for us as we loved all the ports. We did mostly private excursions as we prefer small groups. The sky ... Read More
This was the second half of our first back to back. We love to sail, snorkel and swim in the Caribbean waters, so this cruise was perfect for us as we loved all the ports. We did mostly private excursions as we prefer small groups. The sky suite corner aft is our favorite location...love the view. Crew from stateroom attendant to Luminae staff did everything to pamper us. Our cabin was kept spotless. Our butler was one of the best ever. Dinner and wine selections were very nice. Our only complaint was that the music was so loud that you couldn’t carry on a conversation in the bars. An after dinner drink with friends became a challenge. In the theater, singers sounded like they were screeching...much too loud for us. Overall, though. the entertainment was varied and pretty good. Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and smooth. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with both old and new friends, and plan on doing it all over again next year! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We stayed onboard for a second cruise on the Silhouette. See our review of the Feb 10, 2019 cruise that we posted. Most of what we commented on there applied. It was the very first time we've been on back-to-back cruises. We ... Read More
We stayed onboard for a second cruise on the Silhouette. See our review of the Feb 10, 2019 cruise that we posted. Most of what we commented on there applied. It was the very first time we've been on back-to-back cruises. We liked the fact that the itinerary was completely different, and there was no overlap of ports of call. Being a shorter cruise (9 days compared to 12 on the first cruise) the demographic was somewhat different. But what was disappointing was that the entertainment was mostly a repeat of what we had on the first cruise with 2 exceptions. So, there were nights we went either to see a movie, or do something else, rather than see the shows -- which weren't great and too loud anyways. We stayed in the same cabin, and had the same great cabin steward. But we were a group of 8, rather than 10, so they changed our table, which was located in a somewhat partly-crowded spot. We had a competent, but not involved wait team: Gilmon and Jayare Again, our Assistant maître d', Olga, continued to provide us with exceptional care and kosher meat dinners. While we're scheduled for two back-to-back cruises on the Silhouette for next year (after it is refurbished in drydock) the two itineraries are now practically identical (they weren't when we made the bookings in Feb 2018) so we might not end up taking both those cruises in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Couple in mid sixties with 17 cruises under our belts. We were looking for some warm weather and sun. Ship and room was beautiful. Food was very good and great dinning room service. Arrived at Everglades cruise port around 10:30 wand ... Read More
Couple in mid sixties with 17 cruises under our belts. We were looking for some warm weather and sun. Ship and room was beautiful. Food was very good and great dinning room service. Arrived at Everglades cruise port around 10:30 wand wad on ship by 10:45. Room was ready by 1 pm. Great aft balcony on deck 8. Quietest room we ever had. Great room attendant in Reynoldo . Food was great in main dining room with good service. Ocean View was nice except on sea days and it was packed, and kept running out of plates. Entertainment shows were good, especially the brought in enteraners. Saw a rock group Billy McGuigan rock band. This was the best performance we ever saw on a cruise, The house shows were so so in my opinion, wife liked them more than I did, There last show looked like they picked out costumes at Walmart One bad thing about the entertainment was late night shows, Ship was dead. !!!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are fans of Celebrity and this was our first time on the Silhouette. It is a lovely ship, with a very competent and involved crew. Our room was clean, and well-maintained by our cabin steward Enrico. We were with four other ... Read More
We are fans of Celebrity and this was our first time on the Silhouette. It is a lovely ship, with a very competent and involved crew. Our room was clean, and well-maintained by our cabin steward Enrico. We were with four other couples, and were seated at a table for 10 in the middle of the gorgeous dining room. We had great waiters: Alfi and Robert. The assistant Maitre D', Olga, was especially attentive to our particular needs, and dietary requirements. She made sure that we had plenty to eat and choices that were varied. She even got the chef to prepare some exclusive foods from recipes that we supplied. The ports of call were mostly ones that we've been to on previous cruises. It would be nice if there was more variety in that department. The entertainment was mostly good and varied. But overall, we complained that the volume of music (some might call it noise) during the shows is terribly excessive. I often walked out of the theatre after a 45 minute musical barrage with my ears hurting. Although we complained to the cruise director about it, it didn't do any good. In fact, it is hard to find a bit of peace and quiet on this ship, anywhere. There is music constantly, and usually at very high volume. But, there is so much to do, from games of trivia, to lectures, and demonstrations, internal tours of the ship, and of course, eating. The cafeteria serves a tremendous variety of food, and it's open almost 18 hours a day. On the subject of food: Since we observe the Jewish dietary rules, we were able to prearrange for kosher meat (not the prepared airline dinners) through our travel agent. And we had dinners that included a choice of chicken, lamb, and turkey. Our Maitre d' was especially cognizant of the details of this, and was most helpful. She would help us choose the next evening's dinner in advance, each night. She even arranged for our group to have a supply of custom-made cheese blintzes every morning in the cafeteria. The entire experience was a very good one. The ship was full to capacity, yet one never felt crowded-out. We stayed on-board for the next cruise, in the same cabin. See the next report. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity ... Read More
This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity excursion to enjoy the trip. There are good excursion offered aboard. We stayed at a corner aft suite on deck 12. It was fantastic. The suite is very large, comfortable and the varanda looking backwards great. The suite class has services, like Michaels Club and Luminae restaurant that worth the extra money. suite class can also go to Blue, the Acqua Class restaurant. Suite class also provide priority embarkation and debarkation. Everything you need abroad you can use the Michaels Club Concierge. The specialty restaurants are great - worth a visit to all of them. We went to Murano - super elegant, Qsine - amazing Petit Chef show before each course, Porch was delicious - I recommend to go for lunch to enjoy the view. Sushi on Five we loved it and is a very good option for lunch as it stays open longer than the Main Restaurant. The Lawn Club Grill is an experience, specially if you are invited to cook your own food with the chefs. The entertainment is very good also - many options all the time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We love Celebrity. We got upgraded to Aqua Class on our 1st cruise and rebook the same every time. The entertainment this trip wasnt the best. I have heard MUCH better vocalist, seen bettter dancers, magicians on talent shows like ... Read More
We love Celebrity. We got upgraded to Aqua Class on our 1st cruise and rebook the same every time. The entertainment this trip wasnt the best. I have heard MUCH better vocalist, seen bettter dancers, magicians on talent shows like Americas Got Talent. They brought in an act “Sept 63” a Four Seasons cover group. Just 3 of them and the dance moves were very amateurish. The lead singer sounded like Alvin of the chipmunks. When they first came on I though it was a comedy routine. My husband was tweaking his hearing aid because he thought it was the hearing aid causing the guys voice to sound like that. The staff are very courteous, polite and eager to please. There are always some outstanding like Claudia in Blu was a bubbly cheerful person. She made you smile just with her presence. Our wine steward in Blu was also great. Again, in Blu, our waiter John was awesome also. The activities director Sue was not my cup of tea is the best comment I shall leave on that subject. We missed the Hot Glass Show they have on some of their ships. They need to provide a little more for people to do for free besides dance lessons, trivia, ball games in the pool. They did have a mystery writer give a talk but just not more things to do on sea days. Bingo is expensive and if you played every day that would be very pricey! We had a brand new lady on embarkation and she had no idea what to do. Locked up her computer and had to go get someone to unlock it. Couldnt find our cabin number on our boarding pass husband had to show her. Dont turn them loose if they are not ready yet! Please! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have cruised with RCCL's brands lines many times and we have always enjoyed our time on their ships. This trip with Celebrity was no exception. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had an inside cabin which we found very ... Read More
We have cruised with RCCL's brands lines many times and we have always enjoyed our time on their ships. This trip with Celebrity was no exception. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had an inside cabin which we found very spacious, clean and comfortable. The ship itself shows a few signs of aging, but was clean and functional. Entertainment was cruise ship average, but the cruise director Sue did a great job! I have to point out that our main reason for cruising is the quality of food and service and we were not disappointed. We did use any time dining and for the first few days it was very difficult to get seated (they hand out pagers), but after day 3 it seamed to ease off. We also felt that the service -although still good when compared to other ships - has declined with staff having to take care of more tables than in the past. The food itself was top notch. The soups were hot and salads were crisp. Fantastic onion soup which we enjoyed every day. Great croissants too, some the largest we've ever seen Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
A relaxing 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on November 29th as we drove to Dania Beach. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port). We had an excellent fresh seafood ... Read More
A relaxing 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on November 29th as we drove to Dania Beach. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port). We had an excellent fresh seafood dinner at the Rendezvous Bar and Grill about a mile from the hotel at 2525 Marina Bay Dr. in Ft. Lauderdale. Great happy hour and excellent nightly specials. Our hotel did offer extended parking for cruisers at a reasonable rate. However, for the convenience, we parked at the port - $15/day. Since the Celebrity Silhouette was docked at the newly renovated Pier 25, we chose to park in the mid-port garage after dropping off our luggage at the pier. We arrived around 10:30 a.m. and check-in was very organized and a pleasant process. Overall, we were not impressed with the renovated terminal, as we expected more of a “wow” factor in design and decor; also, they needed more X-ray machines at security, the seating in the waiting area was uncomfortable, and the bathrooms were at the far end of the terminal. We boarded the ship a little after 11:00 am. Southern Caribbean Cruise The Silhouette is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained. The ship was also beautifully decorated for Christmas. We stayed in cabin 9294, a veranda room. The room was well maintained and outstanding cabin service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Saby)! He was very friendly and was always asking if we needed anything. The food in the Main Dining Room was average at best, as the menus did not provide many desirable options for the main course or for dessert. Service was slow as our waiter was serving 20 people at 4 tables and our table was far from the kitchen. The Asst. Waiter hardly ever came to our table. Several nights it took over 40 minutes for the first course to arrive after the waiter took our order. If you wanted refills on water or iced tea, you had to ask. Service from the wine sommelier was excellent. Due to the service, on several nights, we elected to have dessert after dinner in the Oceanview Cafe or the Cafe on Deck 5. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the great conversations with our table mates, a couple from Minneapolis. Also, one night we decided to have dinner in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) and we really enjoyed the Asian stir fry. Dellecia, the lady running the Asian stir fry station, is a wonderful cook and the stir fry was one of the best meals we had on the cruise. We usually had breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe and we really enjoyed the made-to-order omelettes, the fresh fruit (especially the sliced oranges), and the daily featured danish and breakfast bread station. The walnut, cinnamon breakfast bread was delicious!! We did choose to purchase the four-night speciality dinning plan for $149 per person. Two nights we had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill; as usual, it was outstanding and I highly recommend this restaurant. What could be better, great food, great service and a beautiful sunset to enjoy! We also had dinner one night in the Tuscan Grill. Service and the food did not disappoint! The pasta and the filet mignon were excellent, and the cannelloni soup was sensational. Our fourth dinner was at Qsine, which had been one of our favorites in the past. The format of Qsine has now changed to include a cool video projection of the Le Petit Chief at your table. Dinner consisted of two seating times and two set menus; however, you are able to choose options between the menus The food was excellent, but the dinning room was very noisy and because of the projection show between courses, it took 2.5 hours for dinner. We miss the old Qsine! The entertainment on the ship was average and we were disappointed that no holiday music or trivia activities were presented, as we have enjoyed on past December cruises. Our favorite shows were Modern Gentlemen and John Bressler, both excellent shows. The singers and dancers in the production shows were impressive and very talented. We did find the theme of the production shows (Cosmopolitan and Pearl) hard to follow and thought they did not seem to be a good match for the demographics of the audience. The aerial performers in the production shows were excellent. We found the best entertainment to be the House Band, Trust Me, Jack. This young English rock and roll band was very talented and was a crowd favorite. In my reviews, I always like to include tips and advice on how to make your next cruise more enjoyable. Below are a few thoughts: 1. Keep in mind that there are over 3500 guests on this cruise ship and everyone will not like everything that is being offered in the dinning room and on the theater stage. As you can see in my review above, we liked some things and others we did not care for, but I am sure other guests enjoyed the things we did not enjoy. My advice is to keep an open mind, be patient, and keep trying the many options provided during the cruise. 2. Make it a point to make new friends on the ship. I suggest that you talk to as many people as you can in the halls, in the elevators, at the bars, and at the pool. Even if you just ask them how their cruise is going, you will be surprised at how people like to talk and share their experiences. I find that a college t-shirt, or a destination t-shirt, or a unique hat always generates conversations as you relax and move around the ship. 3. Make an effort to talk to the ship’s crew. We have found that a few questions regarding how they are doing or where they are from always generates a smile and a brief conversation. This interaction with the crew usually results in great service. 4. We are avid college football fans and always take Florida Gator magnets to put on our cabin door during the cruise. Many times we get notes from other Gator and SEC fans or non-Gator fans turn the magnets upside down or rearrange the magnets. On this cruise, our neighbors said they always looked for the magnets to know they were close to their room! 5. When going ashore, be sure to carry a copy of the ship’s daily bulletin as it normally includes the Cruise Lines Port Agent telephone numbers and information on the local U.S. Embassy. These numbers are very helpful in case of an emergency while on shore. When traveling, it is also a good idea to have a photograph or paper copy of your passports and identification documents. Also, when traveling, my wife and I carry different credit cards in case you lose your wallet or purse, this way you always have an active credit card after canceling the one that was lost. 6. As a precautionary measure, we always take disinfectant wipes ($1 at the Dollar Tree) and wipe down our room (door handles, shower, table tops, remote, etc.) when we arrive on the ship. I‘m sure the room attendant does a good job cleaning the room, but we always take this extra step (10 minutes) to make our room as safe as possible to prevent illness. 7. A few items we bring to make our room more functional: large magnetic wall clips ($1 at the Dollar Tree); a 3-in-1 electric plug to increase the number of electrical outlets for phones and I-pads; paper cups for drinking; a small clock for the bathroom so when you get up at night you know the time; and, a large mouth water bottle for ice and water. 8. We have noted recently that more and more islands in the Caribbean are now prohibiting guests from wearing camouflage clothing. Apparently, this clothing is reserved for the police and military. In many locations, they will not let you go ashore wearing camouflage clothing, My suggestion is just leave your camouflage hats and clothing at home. 9. On the last sea day, the Captain gave an excellent and well-attended presentation on navigation. It was very informative and provided numerous facts about the ship. Also, I discovered on the On-Demand channel on the television under the Free Programs a section of short videos on the construction and operation of the ship. If you have ever wondered how the Captain commands the ship when coming into port, there are two excellent videos showing the operation of the Bridge when arriving in St. Marten and Gibraltar. 10. The best way to avoid the wait for elevators before dinner: Either take the stairs or come down early for dinner and have a drink in the Martini Bar or have a coffee or soda in the Café Al Baccio. We also enjoy sitting in the chairs outside the Café when the ship is leaving port. 11. Many people, my wife included, also enjoy doing the daily crossword and sudoku puzzles available at the stand near the Guest Services Desk on Deck 3. Unfortunately, on this cruise, the daily one-page newspapers from around the world were not available. When I asked about the newspapers at the Guest Services Desk, I was told that I could get the news on the TV news channels. Sounds to me like Celebrity has discontinued one more thing that tended to set them above all the other cruise lines. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale at Pier 29. We used the Express Departure (carry your own luggage). Disembarkation began around 6:30 a.m. and we were at our car within 20 minutes. In the terminal, to take the escalator, you must have one hand free to use the handrail (to have a free hand - we each use a large suitcase and a backpack). Otherwise, you have to take the elevator, which may result in a delay due to lines forming for the elevator. We recently joined the Global Entry Travel Program and Port Everglades is a participating Point of Entry. We wanted to see the benefits of the program in clearing customs. In the Terminal there was a Global Entry sign near the line we were in, but after asking an attendant at the front of the line we were told the Global Entry line was at the far right. Since we were at the front of the regular customs line, we chose to go through customs using the standard process. By arriving at Pier 29, we had to take a shuttle to the Midpoint Garage. The shuttle was waiting outside the terminal and it took just a few minutes to get to the garage. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We went on a birthday celebration cruise in the Caribbean first time Cruise in December. We usually go to Hawaii early December, but wanted a new adventure. The Silhouette is less than 10 years old but needed a repair or 2 during ... Read More
We went on a birthday celebration cruise in the Caribbean first time Cruise in December. We usually go to Hawaii early December, but wanted a new adventure. The Silhouette is less than 10 years old but needed a repair or 2 during 9-night Cruise. One day we had a note in our cabin that water to some staterooms would be off for 2 hours in the afternoon for repairs. Another time, the crew was welding outside by a stairway leading up from 14 to 15. Noise was offensive in that area close to the pool. The pool facilities are way too small to accommodate a full passenger cruise. If you do not miss breakfast in the dining room in order to save a desired chair at the pool, forget about it. Hated to get up early and sit in Serenity pool area just to get a preferred lounger by a window. Four out of nine days were at sea and that’s when then chair squaters were out. Food was just okay. A couple of nights in the Curvee dining room were excellent - one night was lobster and one night was half a chicken - moist and juicy and big enough for two hungry people. The Oceanview Terrace had terrific Indian Food if you like lentils, rice and curry chicken (I do)! Breakfast in Curvee from 7 am to 9 am was best for cooked to order eggs. The light fare in Spa Cafe good for smoothies if you have premium liquor package. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Our first time on the Silhouette and it was excellent. We boarded at the newly redone terminal 25 which was beautiful and extremely easy to check in and wait to board. Boarding started at about 11:15 and went smoothly. We were in a ... Read More
Our first time on the Silhouette and it was excellent. We boarded at the newly redone terminal 25 which was beautiful and extremely easy to check in and wait to board. Boarding started at about 11:15 and went smoothly. We were in a concierge cabin and were in the second group to board. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling wine at the ships entry and ventured down to the Passport Bar to wait for lunch in the main dining room. The lunch was passable but not memorable by any means. After lunch our cabins were available and so off we went. Our cabin was 1095 and was very comfortable especially the bath. There is plenty of storage and the shower was excellent with the glass doors. A big difference over the Constellation with its shower curtain and limited storage. The Balcony was fine and had a small table and two chairs with foot stools. We had a four night dining package and made reservations for different evenings in Murano. This is a French inspired restaurant which cannot be beaten, just plain fantastic in both food and service and well worth the additional cost. We only dinned in the MDR once and it was Ok. The entertainment on board was Ok but the theater production of "Pearl" was in our opinion Poor at best. The next evening John Bressler performed and was Great. He is such a great piano player and his "Schtick" added to the music. We were at the first performance and stayed for the second, missing dinner. What a great show ! we stopped at Grand Cayman but stayed on the ship as we have been here many times. Aruba was the next stop and we enjoyed the day walking through town. As we were in port until 12:00AM I made reservations at a restaurant to watch the sunset. The name of the restaurant was "West Deck" and provided a beautiful ocean view and some Super food. A truly memorable evening. Te next day in Curacao we walk around the town and it was raining so we headed back to the ship. Bonaire was next and we had rented a Golf Cart to tour the island. It was raining pretty hard for the first part of our ride but clear up a bit. We visited the "Donkey Sanctuary" which was great as they have over 700 donkeys they have rescued from the island that were wild. After departed Donkey paradise the rains returned so we turned the golf cart in and returned to the ship. Debarkation was smooth with no problems at all. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Our family, including our adult children and their significant others, booked adjoining Sky Suites on deck twelve of the Celebrity Silhouette for the twelve- day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The Sky Suites were a new experience. We ... Read More
Our family, including our adult children and their significant others, booked adjoining Sky Suites on deck twelve of the Celebrity Silhouette for the twelve- day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. The Sky Suites were a new experience. We embarked in Ft. Lauderdale’s Port Everglades terminal 26 and disembarked in Port Everglades at terminal 25. We parked in the mid-port garage. The terminals and garage were new experiences. We used a wheelchair for my wife who cannot walk or climb well. That was a new experience. Embarkation: We drove to Port Everglades, dropped our bags at terminal 26, and unloaded the wheelchair with my wife near the entrance of the terminal. We parked at the mid-port garage located across the street from the terminal. The large garage is used for several terminals on the East side of the port and conveniently located within walking distance for them. We were met at the security checkpoint by Celebrity terminal representatives who took control of the wheelchair, took us through check-in, wheeled my wife out a pier level door to the Silhouette’s deck two, and up the elevator to the deck 3 customer relations area where we met the rest of our family. The process only allows one person to accompany the wheelchair embarkation. Hint: Call Celebrity and let them know wheelchair assistance will be needed and if you will have your own wheelchair. Cabins: We had three adjoining Sky suites on deck twelve, a huge treat for all of us. The partitions between the three balconies were opened by the room steward so that we had one very large balcony and easy access to each of the cabins. The high deck also had an overhang from the Oceanview Café deck that offered nice shade for most of every day, a real plus in the Caribbean. There was some noise from the Oceanview Café, but not bothersome. We could also smell the food in the hallway. Hint: Ask the steward to open the balcony partitions which they can do on most cruise ships. The Sky suites come with several nice perks including access to the Luminae restaurant and Michael’s Club where the concierge is based. The concierge was helpful in making reservations, solving problems and guiding disembarkation. Dining: We had access to the Luminae restaurant, the restaurant designated for suite guests, and a real treat. We ate most breakfasts and dinners there with excellent service. It is easy to get to know most of the restaurant staff during the cruise. Hint: Let the waiter know if you want expediated service because they normally allow for leisurely dining. The food on Celebrity was excellent. We had filet mignon, lobster, roasted turbot and a Thanksgiving dinner in the evening. Belgium waffles, smoothies, pancakes, and eggs custom prepared for breakfast. Lunches in the Oceanview café were prepared with a different theme each day: Pub, panini, Indian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and taste of the USA. The Oceanview featured large selections of dessert trifles and cakes on different days, colorful and tasty. We booked both the Qsine- Le Petit Chef, and Sushi on Five specialty restaurants. Le Petit Chef included videos with the table and dinner plates as projection screens along with excellent prepared steak and lobster. Nice! Sushi on Five featured rolls and soups that we tried, Hint: The sushi on Five portions are generous. It is easy to order more than you can eat from the a la carte menu. Just ask how many rolls are included in each selection. The steaks in Qsine and the pork chops in the Luminae were highlights of our dining experiences. Ports: Wheelchair processes in the ports was a concern. It worked out well. Disembarkation in each port was from deck two, an easy trip from the ship to each pier. Ship staff were ready every time to assist both pushing the wheelchair off and on. The walk to port shopping was reasonable for most of the ports. Wheelchair friendly shore excursions were few but we did try the trolley tour in Dominica that worked. Port shopping in St. Kitts was the best of any port. There was significant hurricane damage in each port but a lot of work had been completed in the port areas which are the lifeblood of the locals. Ship and staff: The Silhouette is elegant with numerous well kept venues. Café al Bacio is a favorite for specialty coffees, gelato and pastry snacks. The casino has a large variety of games and slot machines but they use stools instead of chairs with backs for many slot machines. Back aches are a penalty. Hint: The casino features slot packages which provide bonus money when purchased. For example you can get $340 of slot play for $300. The catch is that the money must be played. The Celebrity staff, as always, were excellent. The waiters, room stewards, concierge, terminal employees, maintenance staff were representative of the excellence. Worth noting are the quality inspectors who constantly patrol the ship looking for things that need attention. Attention is immediate. Disembarkation: We disembarked at terminal 25, the Celebrity terminal that had a huge makeover for hosting the Celebrity Edge. The terminal was walking distance to the mid-port garage and had easy access for passenger pick-up. We were assisted from Michael’s lounge to the baggage claim area by a member of the ship’s staff. The terminal 25 exit ramp from the ship to the terminal is the back-and-forth type so it is not as steep as a direct ramp like the one in terminal 26. This makes it wheelchair friendly. Hint: Let someone know that you will need wheelchair assistance prior to disembarkation. A staff member will be available. Conclusion: There were plenty of other ship venues and features worthy of mention. The pool deck, Lawn Club Grill, bars and lounges, shops, and grand foyer are among those. You have to experience them. Our experiences with the Sky suites, the terminals and garage on the East side of Port Everglades, and the wheelchair friendly ship were all very nice. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
15 DAY TRANS-ATLANTIC This cruise was advertised as “Boston, Broadway and Bermuda” which caught my eye immediately. This year DH and I were celebrating our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to do something unique for us. Never having ... Read More
15 DAY TRANS-ATLANTIC This cruise was advertised as “Boston, Broadway and Bermuda” which caught my eye immediately. This year DH and I were celebrating our 50th Anniversary and we wanted to do something unique for us. Never having been to London, NYC, or Bermuda, it was an opportunity to check these places off of our bucket list. Family issues held us back from booking early. When we finally called our trusty TA Donna in early July, we were concerned about where our cabin would be located. Thinking about booking a 2A, she was able to get us a one category upgrade for being Select members as well as a discount. Somehow we ended up with a 1-A, cabin 7264 on the hump with a larger balcony, my dream come true. We decided to fly into London 2 days early so we would see the sights. United had a direct flight from Chicago to London and Donna was able to use Custom Air through Celebrity for a great price. We upgraded to Economy Plus for more leg room and a roomier seat. The plane was configured 2-3-2 and Donna reserved 2 seats with a window. Donna felt that leaving at 10 PM would make it easier to sleep on the plane. Arriving around 11 AM, she felt we might be able to check into our room earlier. Booking late also impacted our departure flight from Fort Lauderdale with all the reasonable prices/times sold out. It didn’t help that we were arriving back in the USA on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Booking through Priceline, (more on that later) I found a hotel and a rental car that wouldn’t break the bank for an additional day. Researching Cruise Critic’s London board, I discovered the National Express Bus that would take us from Heathrow to the Victoria Coach Station for 5 GBP/pp. Booking online for 2 nights at the Grosvenor Hotel, it was a mere 0.3 miles from the bus station. Taking the coach/bus would also work for our trip to Southampton to board the ship. This was the best option for us and each bus trip was direct. Our son and his wife wanted to treat us to a private car from airport to hotel. I knew this would cost >100 GBP and just couldn’t justify the cost when we could take the bus for such a bargain price. They surprised us with something else. Online discovery of the London Day Pass which gives you access to all major attractions and several minor ones. Being optimistic, I purchased 2 passes for 2 days, thinking back to previous trips with a girlfriend, where we hit the ground running when we arrived. Going to London in November, we expected smaller crowds, especially since Hurricane Oscar was creating unpleasant weather at the time. Preparing for this trip, I created a binder to hold all our travel documents, an idea I found on Cruise Critic. There was no need to book a tour for Boston. Our daughter and her family live in Cambridge and the plan was to spend the day with them and utilize their washer and dryer. We chose a private tour in NYC to visit the 9/11 Memorial, museum and the Freedom Tower. Joining our Roll Call, we connected with Tony and Jennie who had booked a private tour in Bermuda. After 15 cruises, we are converts to private tours versus the more expensive and crowded ship’s tours. Packing for this trip was a dilemma as we needed clothing for cool weather as well as warm. Having packed his suitcase, DH decided to go shopping 2 hours before our ride to the airport. His choices were fine; skinny jeans, shirt and new shoes. All of which he decided to wear for the trip. I had suggested that we both wear compression hose to help prevent our legs from swelling on the long flight. Checking in for our flight, we discovered our seats had been changed. After much discussion with the gate agents and our TA, we find that the aircraft has been changed and we are now in the middle of an aisle, three across in an exit row. Lots of leg room but horribly uncomfortable for an 8 hour trip. By the time we were settled, DH informed me that he had blisters on his heels and the compression hose had slid down to his ankles and he couldn’t pull them up due to the skinny jeans. Needless to say, he did not sleep at all and I managed a few hours only because of meds. Thursday~November 1 Arriving in London almost an hour early, we spent an hour in line to clear Customs. We walked aimlessly trying to find our luggage after asking different “helpers” before someone finally steered us correctly. Following the signs, it was quite the scavenger hunt to find the bus station. Walking right up to the ticket counter, the lady took my printout, slapped a little sticker on it, signed it and directed us to the correct door for our bus. Doing a quick turnaround, the seats were still warm when we boarded for our 40 minute ride to London. Leaving Victoria Coach Station, I took a wrong turn on Buckingham Palace Road and we walked a few blocks before I asked someone for directions. (We don’t have smart phones.) Finally arriving at the Grosvenor, we had haul our heavy suitcases up the stairs to get in the front door. But that is the only complaint we have about this property. The lobby is opulent and I swear, perfumed. We were informed at check in that our room had been upgraded from a twin to a deluxe double. Explaining that I had ordered the twins because the double bed was too small and we had a King at home. The desk clerk was very sweet and said she would look into it but we wouldn’t have a room for about an hour. It was now about 2 PM and DH really wanted to get off his feet so we headed into the restaurant for some refreshment. Even after a few cups of coffee DH was dead on his feet by the time 3 PM rolled around. Back to the desk where we were given a room number, a key card and informed that our luggage was already in our room. Walking into the room we were delighted to find that we had been upgraded to a deluxe King. Also in the room was a bowl of fruit, a bottle of sparkling wine and a small plate with some small cakes and strawberries. Written on the plate in chocolate was “50th Anniversary”. We had no idea where this had come from. It wasn’t until we were home that our daughter-in-law told us that she had arranged this lovely surprise for us. The room was very nice with a small built-in coffee bar and an electric kettle on the desk. The bed was quite comfortable as we promptly discovered. It didn’t take much for us to fall asleep for 3 hours. Awake around 7 PM, DH did not want to walk around outside so we made some tea and coffee and partook of the fruit and cake. Watched some very bad English TV shows and some mediocre American shows and we asleep again by 10 PM. Friday~November 2 Once we were up and showered we decided to try the hotel’s breakfast buffet. The choices were fine and quality pretty good. We had noticed the day before that the two major HOHO bus lines stopped just outside the front door. The London Day pass included one day of either one. Weather was sunny after about a week of rain from Hurricane Oscar. We walked out the front door and stood by the bus stop sign. A big red two decker bus arrived and we were able to get some seats. Unfortunately for us, everyone else was out and about enjoying the nice weather. We spent more time stuck in traffic than moving from place to place. Not sure what we wanted to see, I took most of my photos through the bus window. Every place the bus stopped was overrun with crowds. Finally we decided to exit at Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament which was the one place the London Day Pass didn’t include. Big Ben was enclosed in scaffolding. Headed over to the Abbey and got into the easily block long line which snaked about the grounds. It was after 2 PM and it closed at 4:30. Deciding that this was a waste of our time, we left the Abbey and got back on the bus to try our luck at the Tower of London. More crowds but we were able to go right to the entrance and our passes were scanned for entrance. Missed the beginning of the last yeoman warder tour but we did join one for a short time. I wanted to see the Crown Jewels and it was again a very long line. DH was very unhappy about this but I got in line anyway. Surprisingly, it moved faster than we anticipated and even DH was glad we were able to see these amazing jewels. There was still quite a few people inside so visited the other buildings as well. It was dusk/rush hour as we made our way back to the bus line. Debated getting off at the London Eye for the hour ride but in the end decided dinner was next. Both of us were still feeling the effects of our jet lag and almost missed our stop at the hotel. Tried to get into the Bag O’ Nails pub but it and every other place were jammed on a Friday night. After a little souvenir shopping, we ended up back at the hotel restaurant where we had beer and fish and chips. Our bus reservation was for 10 AM so it was early to bed. Saturday~November 3~Embarkation Our wake up call was at 7 AM so we could grab some breakfast and gather our belongings. I wanted to be out of the hotel by 9:15 for our short walk back to the Victoria Coach Station. DH was in much better shape for walking with different shoes. Remembering how I had to present my printed ticket at the desk at the airport, I headed to the ticket window. There I encountered a line of 25 people ahead of me and only 2 agents. I didn’t get to the window until 10:01 where the agent screamed at me for showing her the reservation and that the coach had already left. Running back to where I had left DH, we went to the exit door to find a group waiting. I asked about the bus to Southampton and was told they were all waiting. It turned out the bus had been oversold. The company was bringing up a second bus and driver which happened in a few minutes. Once again, an unexpected problem was resolved. We boarded the bus for the 2 hour 10 minute trip to Southampton and the port. Off the bus after a pleasant trip and those of us who had not scheduled an Uber lined up at the taxi stand. After about 15 minutes, the taxis started arriving in groups and we had no issue with the 5 minute drive to the ship which cost 5 GBP and 6 (?) pence except the taxi driver informed us that the cruise was cancelled! WHAT? He explained that due to Hurricane Oscar that Bermuda was cancelled. Seeing as the ship was there and everyone was entering, we assumed something was wrong with his info. Dropped our labeled bags with the attendants who did not require a tip and were very pleasant. Rather bewildered, we joined the long line to go through security. Chatting with another couple we had met in the taxi line, they informed us that everyone (?) had received an email about the change in itinerary. It was Bahamas that was cancelled as they added a sea day to skirt the rough seas. Once again we missed out due to the lack of a smart phone. Unfortunately, that meant that all our plans were going to be a day later. Another problem to sort out. Rooms were ready and DH and I made our way to deck 7 and our cabin on the hump where we could revel in our large balcony for the time being. Left the hand luggage and went up to the buffet for our first meal of the cruise. DH was new to the Silhouette where I had sailed on her in the Caribbean 4 years ago. He was very impressed with station-style layout although it took us a few days to figure out where everything was located. Bags arrived quickly and we set about making 7264 our home for the next 15 days. There was an electric kettle on the desk with the makings for coffee and tea. The Hideaway was a few steps from our door and the coffee station in there was so welcome every morning. DH isn’t fond of instant coffee so every morning I threw on some clothes and fetched him a cup of the real thing. Milk and cream were placed there at 7AM but by the time we woke up, I was lucky to score some milk. There was small cups of flavored artificial creamers Safety drill was at 4 PM where we assembled in the dining room and watched a “James Bond” type video. It was rather entertaining and you didn’t hear a lot of chatting while it was running. Once we were underway, DH and I went down to deck 5 to check in with maitre’d about our Select dinner time. She was very rude and insisted that there was no reservation for us. When I reiterated that I had made a reservation online, she became more insistent and if possible, even ruder. DH and I walked away flabbergasted. Wandering around the ship while getting our bearings, we encountered dining/bar staff everywhere trying to sell us specialty dining and drink packages. Unfortunately, they were relentless for most of the cruise. I think they finally stopped when we hit Bermuda. I’m sure there is some kind of incentive for the staff but this was not the elegant Celebrity we remembered. Back in 2014, my mother and I had taken a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on Silhouette and I have to say the ship looked just as good now as it did back then. Bistro on 5 was now Sushi on 5. At no time did I ever see anyone in either place. Cafe Al Bacio was always hopping and the seating there always full. Qsine still had the name but was now Le Petit Chef. Tuscan and Murano remained the same. I wanted to show hubby the Sky Observation Lounge on Deck 15-forward. Remembering this space as a very elegant bar with entertainment, I thought he would really enjoy it. We scored some loungers in the front to enjoy a drink. It was here that he surprised me by telling me he had purchased a dining package before we left. Going through our TA Donna, she found that X was offering a 2 dinner, one lunch package for $200. Naturally, I was thrilled and was looking forward to trying the specialty restaurants. Soon enough it was time to visit the MDR on Deck 5 at our reserved time. We went to the other side to avoid the rude person and found a delightful woman who confirmed our daily dining reservation. For the most part, we had the same table and waiters for the entire trip. Noticed that either the plates were bigger or the portions were smaller than remembered. But since we always order several courses we never went away hungry. The cuisine has most definitely declined since Michel Roux and Celebrity ended their partnership but it was still better than Princess or Royal Caribbean. DH has not been on Celebrity since 2006 and he missed the presentation of the wonderful desserts at the end of the meal. I felt the desserts in the buffet were more interesting and delectable the those in the MDR. Most of the time I skipped dessert or only took a bite or two as I felt they were very bland and disappointing. I missed the wonderful soufflés offered on Princess. Entertainment was, for the most part, pretty good for a cruise ship. Cruise Director Sue Denning was very visible, chatty and a very comfortable presence on the stage and personality plus. The late show was at 9 PM and was well attended. That night was a “taste” with Al Ducharme (comedian) and Juliette Primrose (violinist). He was hilarious and she was very talented but her stage movements were rather odd. She had a front slit dress and her jumping around perhaps showed more skin than she planned. After the show, we made our first of many daily visits to the casino and all those who frequented it. By the time we went to bed, the ship was at sea and our “rock and roll” cruise had begun. Sunday~November 4~At Sea Before we left Southampton, there was an announcement that all veranda furniture would be “removed”. Don’t know about the other rooms, but our table and chairs were folded up and left in a corner. We did have a larger than average balcony so it was possible to do this. We still had access and did walk out and take a look at the sea and weather. The ship was actively rolling from side to side and everyone was walking like drunken sailors. I had brought along Dramamine but we never needed it. Certainly never put us off our feed! The fact that the outside doors were locked the first few days certainly limited the activities you would normally expect on a cruise. The outside pools were drained but the Solarium pool had water but a net over it. Later in the cruise that pool was splashing all over. Taking the Centrum glass elevators up to the Oceanview Cafe every day for a late breakfast gave us a birds-eye view of the Hideaway, Game Room and Library to see every chair filled with (mostly) snoozing passengers. DH and I perused the library (I had a Kindle) and came up with a book someone had left and did not belong to the ship. He was happy that he could take his time with it and it made it all the way to Fort Lauderdale with us. We were certainly disappointed by the lack of variety of daytime activities. For the first 7 sea days, we went to one movie, one Bingo, two lectures. The supposed CLA (Celebrity Life Activities) were laughable and did not attract many people. We went though areas where Trivia was being played but it was like a funeral. Mostly it was “activities” that involved vendors selling jewelry, perfume, liquor and “Art”. We spent more time in the casino than any other cruise. At least it was more lively in there. It helped that I was winning on Blackjack even though DH was losing on the slots. DH was able to watch some football games so he was happy most of the day. The ship temperature was on the cool side. One item I brought that got the most wear was my long sweater. We were so cold hubby actually went “shopping” for a sweatshirt which he didn’t find. You would look stupid walking around with a coat on so we made do with what we had packed. Adam Heppenstall, a magician, was the entertainer that night and although he started out slow, he finished well. Interestingly, we would often see the Captain at the late show and he was a good egg when the comedians made jokes at his expense. Getting to know the usual Blackjack players made for much cross-table conversation and it enhanced the experience. The Bridge Staff had altered the route so we were actually going South to avoid the dregs of Hurricane Oscar but the ship still had mucho motion. I didn’t sleep well the first two nights because I felt like I was falling out of bed. Setting our clocks back just gave us another hour of sleep as well as gradually resetting our body clocks to Eastern Standard Time. Monday~November 5~At Sea Heading up to the buffet for late breakfast, DH & I were commenting how much better we enjoyed this arrangement from when breakfast shut down @ 10 AM and you were lucky to get some scrambled eggs. This way there is still everything offered and we could linger over our coffee and sweets. Everything shut down from 11:30-12:00 to prepare for lunch. More than once we were leaving when the lunch crowd was arriving. This was the day of our Cruise Critic gathering and there was more than 100 of us there. One lady spoke as to our Bermuda tours for those who had booked with Ricky’s Island tours. She had contacted him and he was ready for us on the alternate day. I was anxious to find Jennie Ortiz, whose group we had joined. As it happened, she was talking to the first lady and we were happy to connect. She had also contacted Tony and we were confirmed for a day later with a private van for our group of 8. That took one worry off my mind. The Customer service desk gave everyone a free phone call and I left a message for my daughter in Boston, but there was no way to find out if she received it. DH and I decided that we would have to purchase the smallest Wi-Fi package to contact our daughter and our NYC tour provider. I could not believe that people would pay up to $600 to have 2 devices online for the entire cruise. What ever happened to unplugging and enjoying the peace and quiet? One hour of continuous computer use cost me $68! Luckily for me, our daughter was able to respond immediately to my frantic email. There was no impediment for us to arrive on Sunday instead of Saturday. I then tried to change our New York tour but was unable to do so even after several attempts. Another email to DD with all the info as well as the phone number requesting her help. With that, my hour was up and I had no way to know if everything was successful. DD and I had arranged for me to call her at 8 AM when we arrived in Boston. At least I had my flip phone. This vacation certainly had its share of anxiety producing events! There were activities listed in the daily paper, but none that interested us. We decided to explore more of the ship and ended up in the Spa where I was able to schedule a massage for later in the day. Canyon Ranch now runs the Spa rather than Steiner. I didn’t notice any difference in the prices. The Casino was offering free well drinks to all active players but we honestly didn’t even register this until a few days later. It was the first Smart Chic night and I broke out one of the nicer outfits I had packed. Hubby did not bring a sport coat or tie. He wore a dress shirt and nice slacks and looked good. He certainly liked this new dress code. We were starting to become familiar with our waiter and especially Dejan, the sommelier who was 6’5” tall. He recommended a wine that we enjoyed so we purchased a bottle for dinner every other day. There was an Officers Soiree in the Centrum that evening scheduled at 7:45. Since we were at dinner, we did miss this meet and greet. At the late show, Sue Denning spoke to the schedule of shows every evening. Since the ship’s movement was still quite active, she was postponing the production shows as a safety issue for the dancers and aerialists. Elyse Branch was the vocalist and she was very good. We always enjoy the ship’s “orchestra” as one of the best at sea. Finished up the evening at the Blackjack table where I was able to finally convince DH to give up on the slots and join me. We always previously enjoyed playing 3 card poker when on a cruise. But, the minimum bets were $10 each making for $30/game. Needless to say, that table was empty 99% of the time. How short-sighted the big-shots are! DH was happy to watch Monday Night Football on the satellite feed. Tuesday~November 6~At Sea At last there is sunshine and the seas are calmer. The doors are unlocked and people are walking the decks for exercise even with the very brisk wind. We decided we had to get out of the room and do something. I suggested taking our books to the Solarium and relaxing on the loungers. There was a Captain’s Club “Celebration Party” that afternoon, but we knew it would be very crowded so we opted out. There was going to be a Select+ party later in the cruise and we would attend that. Having eaten a late breakfast, we had no need for lunch but DH fondly remembered Celebrity’s afternoon tea. Thereafter, afternoon tea became part of every day. Seeing as dinner was at 6:30, we had to pace ourselves. It became a standing joke whenever we got on the elevator with other guests. “Is it time to eat again?” That night’s performer was Al Ducharme who was very funny. But 45 minutes is too long for a comedian. You could tell he was straining for the laughs toward the end. Sue Denning came back on to remind us that tomorrow was another sea day. We re-joined our friends in the Casino where we both made some money and finished the evening on a high note. Wednesday~November 7~At Sea We were invited to a Backstage tour but it was at 10:30 AM and we missed it because we were at breakfast. Maybe next time we will schedule our time better. There was a Clearance Sale for all the leftover Baltic merchandise and it was a mob scene. We attended the matinee performance of Juliet Primrose which we enjoyed immensely. She played some popular music, talked more about her career and limited her on-stage gymnastics. Bingo was on the schedule so we decided to try it once and of course did not win. It also conflicted with afternoon tea. The sea was still bouncy and the entertainment was being rescheduled. That night was “A Taste of Broadway” featuring the production cast members. Well, the guys were quite good, especially the one from Chicago ( A little home town pride there) but the girls were all trying to out-sing each other. Those sopranos were so screechy that it was a good thing we were in the middle of the ocean and no dogs could hear them. I actually shut off my hearing aid to limit the feedback. At least the guys could harmonize with each other. Finished the evening as usual, in the Casino. Thursday~November 8~At Sea If this is getting repetitive, guess how we felt. We found the ping-pong table on deck 15 once and couldn’t find it again later. The highlight of the day was the movie in the theater which was “Solo”, the last Star Wars movie. We had missed this at home so really enjoyed it. Afternoon tea and a nap before dinner completed our day’s activities. Dinner was becoming the mainstay of our days. We did not have a drink package as neither of us drinks that much alcohol to make it worth our while. At least the show that night was very good. Raegar was a boy/girl rock/country duo who put on an energetic performance and gained a standing ovation. We never saw any of the performers around the ship but what was there for them to do? Obviously they were all as trapped as we were. None of the pools were open and it was too cool to sit outside but for a few hearty souls with their cozy lap robes. There were lots of for-fee activities as well as “seminars” for the shops. And there was always the Casino and free drinks. By now, they were no longer limiting us to the well liquor especially our Blackjack group who were regulars during the day as well as evening. I am only good for one drink and another lady and I opted for a Pina Colada. I think over the whole cruise I maybe had 5 drinks in the casino. Friday~November 9~At Sea We went to a presentation of Bermuda Highlights which was actually interesting even though it was a thinly veiled sales presentation for shore excursions. The number of people these “activities” drew was a real testament to the level of boredom that was present throughout. A tour of deck 4 to read the menus on the specialty restaurants ended with us making our first reservation of our dinner/lunch package at Tuscan for the next day. Using the Internet, we had both seen the presentation of the Le Petite Chef now in the Qsine spot and were not enchanted. Tuscan lunch offered large gourmet hamburgers and Murano did not do lunch. Still too cold and windy to try The Porch or The Lawn Club Grill, we elected to postpone that meal until the end of the trip when the weather would be nicer. The day was sunny with calmer seas and walking was more in a straight line than wall to wall. I noticed people sitting outside the buffet on the back of the ship and hustled back to find DH to inform him we could actually sit outside. We found a couple of couches against the back wall of the buffet that blocked the wind. Some cozy blankets, two cups of coffee, our books and we were in cruise heaven! I actually dozed off for an hour as it was so refreshing to be outdoors. I did not keep track of each meal as I thought it was a bit too OCD, even for me. Suffice it to say, I only sent back two items. One was some fish and the other some pork dish. It was replaced without any problem by our waiter, Rodolpho with something else which was perfectly good. One thing we discovered was that each restaurant has it’s own galley so your food gets to you much faster and hotter. The food is definitely not as good as when we first started cruising with them 25 years ago but you can say that about the entire industry. Sue Denning had scheduled the first production show “Cosmopolitan” for tonight. It was quite entertaining w/singers, dancers and aerialists performing. Following that show was the Liar’s Club featuring Sue, her assistant and one of the officers. It was hilarious. They really did a good job in making us laugh. I was surprised that with all these sea days that there was no passenger talent show or the Love and Marriage game. Saturday~November 10~At Sea Today would have been our stop in Boston on the original schedule. At least it was sunny but quite cold. We did step out onto our veranda every day for some fresh air but definitely did not linger that day. There was a Remembrance and Memorial day presentation in the Theater @ 10:45 AM. Throughout the trip, we had seen several British ladies sporting small artificial poppies in remembrance of the 100 year anniversary of the end of WW I. DH did not want to attend this. Several people told me it was done very well and was quite moving. We had been moving our clocks back gradually over the course of the crossing and were now on Eastern Standard Time. Raegar had a matinee performance which was very well attended and well received. DH is not one for group activities so we were really hard up for something to do. We observed some of the CLA activities but he would not participate. This was our night for our dinner at Tuscan. We each ordered a salad and DH had soup also. I was craving the filet with a small pasta side dish. To my surprise, DH only ordered pasta for his entree. He didn’t want to get too stuffed but didn’t know to order the pasta as an entree. He finished up my pasta and the rest of my steak. It was delicious and I would have eaten there again. The evening’s entertainment was Mark O’Malley who was from the UK and put on a terrific show. He received a well-earned standing ovation. We were to bed early as we wanted to be off the ship as soon as possible. Sunday~November 11~Boston This was the only time we ordered room service breakfast and I was dressed and ready at 8 AM. Called our daughter and she confirmed that she was able to change our NYC tour without any problem. The ship was docked and we had to wait for our number-27 to be called for Customs. By the time #12 rolled around, we were shocked at how slow the process was proceeding. There was a confusing announcement about “everyone else” following a request for UK citizens. I called the front desk and was informed that all Americans should proceed to the Sky Lounge for Customs. A long line moved rapidly as the officers barely glanced at our passports and welcomed us home. We ran back to the cabin and grabbed our coats as our DD was already on her way. Only a 10 minute wait in the terminal building for our ride to arrive on a very chilly but sunny Boston Sunday. DH was happy to watch football with our SIL while I did laundry and DD made us a lovely dinner. Having a fun day with our granddaughter was a bonus. She loved the jacket from London and couldn’t wait to wear it to school. Too soon it was time to head back to the ship with clean clothes and shirts on hangers. Skipping dinner and the show for football completed the evening for hubby. Later on, I did slip up to the buffet for a light salad supper. The entertainment that evening was a production show “Pearl” which we did not attend. There was also a Veteran/Remembrance Day gathering in the theater @ 8 PM which was done very well with full attendance. Leaving home on 10/31, I wasn’t aware of any ceremonies at home in observance of this 100th Anniversary of the end of WW I. It was obvious in London that they were gearing up for something significant. There was nary a dry eye at the end of the ceremony. Monday~November 12~New York City An announcement from the Captain informed us when we would be approaching NY harbor for our best views of Lady Liberty. DH & I went up to deck 16 and we quickly took turns running back to the cabin for jackets so we wouldn’t lose our spot by the rail. As we approached the Verazzano Narrows bridge, the Captain came back on the loudspeaker to reassure us that we would clear the bottom of the bridge by several meters. Needless to say, we were all looking up as we sailed under and the ship’s horn gave a long salute while all the passengers cheered. Several members of the crew were allowed a few moments off to come out on deck for the viewing. It was my first time to see the Statue of Liberty. DH had seen it when he arrived in the USA as an 8 year old immigrant arriving from Germany. He had to admit it was just as thrilling the second time. I was able to take several photos as we were moving slowly. Docking at Pier 88 was another experience. Two tug boats pushed the ship center and aft, acting as a fulcrum to turn this enormous ship in a small space. By 3:30 PM, we were docked next door to an exhibit of the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier. Celebrity offered an evening tour of NYC with a visit to the top of the Empire State Building. I tried to find a private tour for this but DH was not interested but there was 4 bus loads of passengers who did and had very positive things to say about it. The dining room was rather empty this evening but the one show @ 10:15 was well attended. Ace Guillen was a rocker who combined comedy with his music for a great show that earned him a standing ovation. We actually got to bed before midnight since we had to meet our tour guide @ 9:30 AM. Tuesday~November 13~New York City Having to set a wake-up call was a unique experience on this cruise! Weather was cold, rainy and very windy. Assured by ship staff that the taxi line was just across the street, we got off the ship by 8:45. There was a shelter for a taxi stand where you could wait for a yellow taxi to come by. But we were so worried about arriving on time, we opted to take a private car and paid $75 for the ride! He did inform us before we left and I wanted to jump out but DH just said to stay. We did arrive at St. Paul’s Chapel at 9:15 to be the first of the group. After a few minutes, the rest of the group started trickling in with our guide arriving a few minutes later. With all the information available on 9/11, we were surprised by how much we learned that day. The guide spoke as to her experiences that day making it personal. I was surprised to realize that St. Paul’s was just across the street from the devastation and survived unscathed. We walked the entire site taking in the new structures and their functions. The two pools with the names of all the victims was incredibly moving. Seeing white roses by some names, we learned that one gentleman’s job was to place them on each person’s birthday. White for civilians, red for first responders and blue for servicemen. This is done every day with no day off. Our guide stated that there have been 60+ more victims identified through DNA and their names will be added soon. We had purchased the whole package of tour, museum and Freedom Tower observation deck so after our 90 minute walking tour we entered the museum. I hate to say it, but our first stop was the snack bar for some hot chocolate to warm up. The museum is organized very well taking you through the day as it happened. There is also a short film describing how the new building went up. A large room with photos of every person who perished that day is heartrending. The families chose the pictures they wanted displayed and some were quite surprising. Several brides and grooms are seen and one of a little girl is surprising. Obviously, this is how her family wanted her remembered. Our tickets for the observation deck were timed, so we walked across the street to the Freedom Tower. There was no worry about crowds that day. Lucky for us, the fog and rain had cleared so we had phenomenal views all around. We could even see our ship at the dock. After several circuits, DH spotted the Captain of our ship taking in the view. By now, we were all walked out and ready to go “home”. Back on ground level we found a busy cross street and a yellow taxi which delivered us in a timely manner back to Pier 88 for the bargain price of $25. After entering the terminal building and going through Security which involved showing our room keys, there stood uniformed waiters with trays holding glasses of hot broth. What a nice welcome back onboard. Dropping off our wet coats and umbrella in the cabin, we headed up to the buffet to find the lunch service winding down. Some hot soup and a slice of pizza sure hit the spot. Returning to our cabin for a short rest, we found that we were on the right side of the ship to watch our departure. The city looked beautiful at night as did Lady Liberty as we sailed closer this time. We had a fine dinner and played a little Blackjack until show time. Unique3 was the entertainment that evening. Three lovely ladies with terrific voices put on a another very good show. There was a Karaoke Party in the Quasar Lounge that night. We didn’t last too long after the show after that long and busy day. Hard to believe, but we were actually looking forward to the sea day tomorrow as we headed toward Bermuda. Wednesday~November 14~At Sea We slept in even later barely making late breakfast before it closed at 11:30. Lingering over coffee, we watched in amazement as people were standing with their plates at the ready for the barriers to come down. I took some great photos of the food placement at some of the stations before they were ravaged by the hungry. It was Edible Art. We agreed that Celebrity’s buffet was the best we had ever seen. The Casino was offering $5 bets and free drinks on sea days so that’s where we headed. Lots of CLA activities like: Hole in One Golf, Xbox Sports, Soccer Shootout, Table Tennis and Adult Coloring. None of these were very well attended as we passed by the locales. That evening was the Select and Above Senior Officers Cocktail Party and the second Smart Chic night. If I thought we were doing well to arrive right at 6:30, I was sadly mistaken. We were able to greet the Captain as we entered and thanked him for the pleasant cruise. The Sky Observation Bar was packed by the time we arrived and we were shuttled into an attached conference room. There we made the acquaintance of a lovely lady and her service dog. We had seen them with the lady’s husband every evening as they arrived in the dining room so it was nice to talk to them. Unfortunately, the captain made his welcome speech in the other room so we heard nothing. Now we know to arrive early for a better seat. The evening’s show featured John Bressler who was a great entertainer and multi-talented guy. He was well deserving of the standing ovation that he received. There was a CLA activity in Celebrity Central @ 10:30 which was a murder mystery. By the line we saw as we exited the theater, it was very well attended. There was also Karaoke in the Quasar Lounge. I should mention that the Quasar had a robot bartender. We never thought to go in there just to see it in operation. Thursday~November 15~King’s Wharf, Bermuda The plan was for our tour group to meet on Deck 3 at 9:30 but we arrived @ 9:15 to find Jennie trying to contact everyone. Apparently Ricky had the bus loaded and was waiting for us to leave. The four of us walked out on the dock to find that Ricky had sent the bus off without us. While waiting for the other two couples to arrive, Jennie firmly reminded Ricky that our reservation was for a private bus just for our group. Since he didn’t have another bus, Ricky arranged for one of his friends to take us on his bus. Unfortunately, I can’t remember his name but he did a give us a great tour for 6 hours. We did see the entire island and learned quite a bit of history as well as the architecture and politics. It was a cloudy, windy but dry day. Our guide spoke of the drought and water shortage which was causing problems for Bermuda. I expected our guide to speak with a British accent but he spoke like an American. The nearest land is North Carolina! Back on Silhouette, we headed to afternoon tea for a snack to hold us until dinner. Originally we were supposed to be docked in Bermuda until noon the next day but now departure was scheduled for 6 AM. This was the night we ate at Murano for the second dinner in our package. The cuisine is a combo nouvelle/French. The chef’s choice for amuse boche was “seared” tuna. Not a fan of raw fish, I told the waiter I would not eat it. So he brings me asparagus with balsamic vinegar and a piece of raw duck breast. Well, the asparagus was good. I will eat rare beef but at least it’s cooked! We both chose the lobster which was delicious but very rich. Don’t remember dessert but DH says we had it. Frankly, I still remember every course of our meal in Summit’s Normandie restaurant 25 years ago. Murano left me underwhelmed. I would never pay $65/pp to eat here. We live in the greater Chicago area and frequently dine in the city so it’s not like we have no appreciation for fine dining, but Murano was just a disappointment. Unfortunately, we both woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache, undoubtedly due to the rich food. Celebrity Showtime featured Darren Dowler who is a one man variety show. A full house gave him a well-deserved standing ovation. There was a Full Moon Party poolside that night at 10 PM. Something else we didn’t attend. Friday~November 16~Departing Bermuda, Sea Day. Finally, some nice weather! Our balcony furniture is unfolded and placed for sitting. Honestly don’t remember much about this day besides we were out on deck and relaxing. Evening entertainment was Johnny Loquasto, a comedian. We came to the conclusion that 45 minutes is too long for a comedian. None of them has that much material to sustain a performance that long. Credit to the audience for no one walking out. Saturday~November 17~Sea Day The closer we got to Florida, naturally the nicer the weather. The pools were open and people were out on the deck in the sunshine. There was a bocce ball tournament up on the Lawn, passengers vs the officers. Skipping breakfast in favor of lunch, we decided that this day would be a good one to use our last meal in our dining package at The Porch. Since both of us like seafood, we felt this would be a good ending to our trip. There was only one other couple in there and yet, our service was terrible. The waiter took our order and brought our soup. The seafood “tower” was great, but certainly not what I expected in presentation. Almost an hour later, a waitress brought our entrees. Unfortunately, no one remembered our salads. The entrees were whisked away and salads soon appeared. Fresh entrees were served later. The food was very good and this was a place we would repeat. It was only the weather that kept us from exploring the Lawn Club Grill. We decided that next time we had a dining package that this would be our choice, rather than Murano. The evening show was the last production show, Life which we quite enjoyed. Of course, we had to finish up at the Blackjack table and say goodbye to all the players. Cashing out our black chips, we brought home most of what we brought with us. DH thought this was the best way to end a trip. Sunday~November 18~Fort Lauderdale Since we had no flight, we were off the ship later, but still around 9 AM. Passing through Customs was a breeze for me as I have a Global Entry card. DH went through the line but still was only 5 minutes behind me. I was rather flabbergasted by the number of people milling around trying to get rides. We were able to get to the taxi line and there were police officers making sure everything progressed in some semblance of order. I had the address of the car rental company which I shared with our driver but just took off for the airport. Arriving there and not seeing the company we had to backtrack to what was a rather shabby industrial park. DH was asking me, “where did you find this place?” On Priceline. Dragged our luggage into the “lobby” to the counter and presented our reservation. The rep just asked us for proof of the fight we had arrived on and the one we were leaving on. DH said no flight, we’re off a ship. Too bad, the guy said, we won’t give you a car! Fine print said no flight, no car. At least they had a shuttle back to the airport where we went to Budget and were able to rent a car. Now armed with a sketchy map we were going to try to find the hotel. No Smart Phone, no GPS. Packing for this trip, I was planning to bring my GPS and DH was adamant that we would not need it. Found the correct road but could not find a Ramada Inn. I called and the manager told me to use my phone and hung up. DH stopped at a 7/11 for directions and we finally arrived to find a large amount of people checking out, explaining the manager’s abrupt termination of our call. We drove around the building and it appeared to be in very poor repair. DH did not want to check in and it was too early anyway, so we took off to find a place for lunch. Calling later to see if we could cancel but it was two days too late. With much trepidation, we headed back to check it. Actually the lobby was quite nice with free computer use and a small restaurant area which we found out the next day to offer free breakfast. The facility was part of the Wyndam group and it was apparent that the rooms were clean and refurbished. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom with plenty of fresh towels. We stayed overnight and spent the next day exploring Fort Lauderdale in our rented car before we dropped it off at the airport. Our flight was at 10 PM on Jet Blue which was a very nice airline. If they didn’t charge $25/per bag, we might try them again. Arriving at O’Hare at 1 AM, we contacted our prearranged taxi and were home by 2 AM. Having finally completed our long trip, we came to the conclusion that one TA was enough, but we would definitely return to London. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We had not been on a big cruise ship before so we chose Celebrity X Silhouette for our first one. When we saw it as we arrived in Southampton we said "wow what a huge ship". Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. What ... Read More
We had not been on a big cruise ship before so we chose Celebrity X Silhouette for our first one. When we saw it as we arrived in Southampton we said "wow what a huge ship". Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly. What a luxurouious ship throughout. Immaculate from top to toe. Pristine cleanlines everywhere on board. We had an inside stateroom on deck 8 number 8296 which was much bigger than we expected. Lovely furnishings. Good bathroom facilities. Our Cabin Steward Francisco was excellent a credit to Celebrity Cruises. Such variety of food throughout the day. Spoilt for choice each day. Entertainment was fantastic each evening. Daytime talks by NASA's Jim Kennedy were very very informative and enjoyable. Captain George's talk was excellent. So informative with a witty and fun style. We knew we had been in safe hands despite some rough seas during our 21st October 2018 cruise to Spain, the Canary Islands and Maderia. Drinks were expensive and we were disappointed that there was no "free Wifi" on board!! We enjoyed the five excursions we paid for. Disappointed that it rained in Tenerife whilst we were there. The service from all members of the crew was exemplary. We would certainly go on another Celebrity Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
It was late in the year for us to take a cruise but glad we did, the year before I had been on the Eclipse the sister ship to the Silhouette and enjoyed every minute of that cruise, I have to say myself and the wife decided to take our 15 ... Read More
It was late in the year for us to take a cruise but glad we did, the year before I had been on the Eclipse the sister ship to the Silhouette and enjoyed every minute of that cruise, I have to say myself and the wife decided to take our 15 year old granddaughter on her very first cruise to show her mom and dad its the way to go.the minute we stepped onto the ship we was treated like one of the family, I had chosen deck 3 (3130) stateroom ocean view and found it to be just what I wanted. Our room attendant was a young girl who's name escapes me she was magic to us couldn't do enough for two elderly couple. Just a few steps away was the main foyer the Pastport bar, it didn't take long for the staff to get to know us, a special mention to Rozi Iluminadev, Moris Tavanez, Miza, Irfran, and head barman Sigh. The dinning restraint on deck 4 was a site to see, we was shown to a table think it was 447 Mathew our head waiter made us feel at home straightaway, Ryan, Sommiler Allan, along with a charming bar waiter Veronica looked after us for the whole 13 days.would I go again ,yes I would just for the attention and help they gave. Many thanks all.Bill and Audrey. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We left home at our usual six o’clock and after an uneventful journey we arrived at eleven, we thought we might have to wait to our official boarding time but no, we sailed straight through. This is the first time we’ve been on a ... Read More
We left home at our usual six o’clock and after an uneventful journey we arrived at eleven, we thought we might have to wait to our official boarding time but no, we sailed straight through. This is the first time we’ve been on a smaller Celebrity Silloette ship and found it took a bit of getting used to, we had balcony cabin 6283 on deck six, there are only two sets of lifts which meant a lot of walking to get to the activity areas and the food. It took a bit of time sorting out our dining room conditions but unlike our last cruise on Princess we had dinner at five thirty on a table for two with no trouble, and the service was a lot faster. The only thing which spoilt it was the menu it had very avant-guard look to it, it had very few recognizable items. The buffet (ocean cafe) had a fantastic choice arranged in a series of islands, apart from freshly baked breads including French baguettes, rye and other continental varieties. There were Egg station, Grill, Pasta, pizza, Mexican and Stir fry. Also there were salad and people with allergies were well catered for. The cabin was spacious with a convertible settee as well as a bed the balcony was slightly bigger than Princess, there was a big TV with some free films and the normal navigation channel although this didn’t give all the information I was used to. The on-suit was good plenty of room for this type of bathroom and it had a sliding door on the shower there was a permanent night light – low powered. Again it had a drawback there were only three clothes draws the rest of the storage was in overhead lockers which meant climbing on the beds.the entertainment was hit or miss, we had some fantastic acts and some which weren’t worth coming to. The main hosts were Jazz, Vish and Veli while nice enough young men their English was definitely lacking making it hard to understand them in Trivia quizzes for example. If you were lucky they laid on the usual games shows late at night such as Mr & Mrs, liarliar, majority rules and Yes No these usually involved the cruise director Sue and her assistant Sarah and all round the ship there was music of one sort or another . The weather for the cruise was poor mainly overcast with frequent showers and a couple of days with rough seas. The ports were good but spoilt by the weather and a bit of planning, when we got to Bilboa it was a Sunday and All Saints Festival day on top of which the shuttle bus was ten Euros. On arriving back at Southampton after doing as we were told and putting our suitcases out and then having to wait until we were told to disembark we found we could have taken our own cases off. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We went to Norway for a week with the Eclipse in May and had a good time, with great service and decent food, so we decided to go again to the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries for two weeks in September. The cabin steward Ovideo, was ... Read More
We went to Norway for a week with the Eclipse in May and had a good time, with great service and decent food, so we decided to go again to the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries for two weeks in September. The cabin steward Ovideo, was wonderful, but the balcony cabin needs an update....bathroom a bit grotty and the carpet too. The plumbing from the cabins above were so noisy that it sounded as if a chair was being scraped across a metal floor when the toilets were flushed, and that started from about 6.15 in the morning, it drove me mad. My main problem was the food. The Ocean View was fine, and we ate there most days for breakfast and lunch, eggs benedict in a self service....great. I ate Indian most days, and most of the English specialities were good. The pizza and pasta and Mexican was not to my taste, having had the best pizzas with Costa in the past. The Grande Cuvee restaurant was mediocre. The tables are very close together, the food was poor most of the time, apart from 2 or 3 really good dishes. I don't think it helps that we are retired restaurateurs, 35 years our own restaurant and my husband is a chef. The food was not nearly as good at the Eclipse. The waiting staff were wonderful, and no gripes on that front.The lobster on the last evening was not good and I sent it back and they gave me one that was ok, served with unpeeled boiled potatoes, two asparagus and a wedge of lemon. The entertainment was quite good, with daily quizzes and good shows. We have been back for 5 weeks and have not yet received anything from Celebrity to fill in about the cruise. The Wifi prices are outrageous, and the drinks packages are pretty pricey. One week after returning I reserved our next two 12 day cruises for next year.....but not with Celebrity. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Made reservation while on board previous cruise which was excellent. Just a social and relaxing extension to previous cruise. The transition from one cruise to the other was excellent with Celebrity providing shore passes to all the repeat ... Read More
Made reservation while on board previous cruise which was excellent. Just a social and relaxing extension to previous cruise. The transition from one cruise to the other was excellent with Celebrity providing shore passes to all the repeat guests. Living close to Southampton this allowed me to go home, pickup lighter weight clothes etc. for transition to Meditteranean. Had to change staterooms as ship was essentially sold out, no re-packing involved Celebrity moved everything from wardrobe to wardrobe etc. The new stateroom was Oceanview which I had not previously experienced but was very acceptable. Dining was a mixture of speciality restaurants and Main Dining Room and Ocean View Buffet. Speciality restaurant Lawn Club Grill was excellent on two occasions. Tuscan Grill a let down. However Main Dining Room was on this occasion not to standard, the menu was limited and the quality of several main course items poor. How this can vary from one cruise to the next is a matter of conjecture. Ocean View Buffet was used mostly for breakfast and was excellent, also on the one occasion I used it for an evening meal it was again excellent. So the ship can produce good food if not in the Main Dining Room. As with my previous cruise I did not participate in on board activities other than supporting the Martini Bar with there excellent team Madi, Putu, Angel, Jonie, Kadek. These guys are worth every penny. Casino and occasionally Bingo provided some alternative entertainment. Deck was limited to the Spa area, the main deck area is much too noisy for me and not so good when weather was inclement. Overall an acceptable cruise, must be because I have reserved two more. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
For us Celebrity offer the best cruises sailing from Southampton. Having always been on the Eclipse in the past we wondered if her sister ship the Silhouette would be her equal. Once on board we soon realised we didn't have to worry ... Read More
For us Celebrity offer the best cruises sailing from Southampton. Having always been on the Eclipse in the past we wondered if her sister ship the Silhouette would be her equal. Once on board we soon realised we didn't have to worry as for us she exceeded all we had previously enjoyed on the Eclipse. One notable addition was the Lawn Club Grill on deck 16 - one of the excellent speciality restaurants on the ship. Our lamb chops and rib eye steak were the best we have ever tasted (we have had many at home and on other cruise lines).My wife was invited to prepare and cook her own flatbread under the guidance of the chefs and she made such a good job of it she was offered a four month contract!!! The service we received throughout the ship was exceptional even by Celebrities' high standards. Although the entertainment and selection and cost of shore excursions were not always to our liking we had a wonderful cruise experience and have already booed for next year. Sadly there was one negative and for us a big one after we had left the ship. The luggage collection process was both frustrating and very disappointing. One of our cases was minus its identification tag and therefore not at the designated collection point. When we asked staff members where it might be the initial response was 'don't know' until eventually after much searching and one helpful member of staff we found it alongside many others with no tags. It was at this time we heard from other passengers who had damaged items of luggage delivered to their cabin at embarkation. A sad end to a great holiday! Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 5.0 4.2
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 5.0 4.1
Family 4.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 4.5 3.7
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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